Daily Scripture & Questions

Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52 The prophecies that are fulfilled during Jesus’ early years were of different types — some were direct foretelling, others were typological (where a comparison is made to a pattern God presented earlier in salvation history). Mary treasured up what in her heart (Luke 2:19, 51)? Jesus’ true identity would be hard for people to receive, even by His mother. Contrast the wise men with Herod in their response to the revelation about Jesus.

Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions

Read Matthew 2:1-16. Why did the wise men want to visit the infant Jesus? Why did Herod want to kill him? How did God protect Jesus by providing the wise men’s gifts and giving Joseph a vision?

Biblical Prayer Focus

I Thessalonians 1:2-5a  “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.”

Give thanks to God for fellow believers whose faith is clearly being “worked out” into their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask for His help for those for whom this is not fully true.